Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

A working relationship – John and Laura

A working relationship – John and Laura

Station: BBC Radio Devon

They work together, but does their working relationship work for them?

Adoption: fighting for the future – Soo and Kristy

Adoption: fighting for the future – Soo and Kristy

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Soo and Kristy are mums. They discuss Soo’s choice to adopt and her challenges now.

Living with Parkinson's: Annette and Paul

Living with Parkinson's: Annette and Paul

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

A dynamic couple remain positive about his progressive neurological condition.

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Natalie lost her sight as a result of a tumour. She remembers how prayers failed to help.

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

More than just a mother: Sheila and Helen

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Friends Sheila and Helen talk about living without children.

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Victor and Finola - The Key of Heaven

Station: BBC Radio 4

Victor shares his new love of life with Finola, who helped him learn to read and write.

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Natalie lost her sight as a result of a tumour. She remembers how prayers failed to help.

Get involved

Find out how to be part of the Listening Project and record your own conversation on our FAQ page.

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Artwork for BBCLP: 28 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

BBCLP: 28 SEP 14: Sunday Omnibus

28 Sep 2014

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